Today's LinkedIn Nugget

Getting inside your head with #LinkedIn

open mindI had a revealing conversation the other day as I cajoled a prospective client to tell why she does what she does.

She mentioned that she reviewed my LinkedIn profile ahead of our appointed talk and admired how I lay out my ikigai* (already the start of a her being a good student, recognizing the value of this concept).

She admitted that getting her to do something similar when we work together would be a stretch.

To which I admonished, you need to get out of your own way!

I told her I tend to have this knack for getting to that message as “I get into your head.”

I promised her that I would:

  • clear the cobwebs out of what Seth Godin calls the lizard-brain causing the all-too-usual, safe inability to tell “why” her,
  • tweak what she reluctantly writes and re-writes about her value proposition to the job market,
  • help her chart a new, well-crafted profile in her new chosen industry, and
  • show off her best skill set to boost her into the next career chapter.

She just has to want to open her mind, try hard and think with me.

It’s a probably going to be struggle for her.

And I mean that in the nicest way…I think we are both up to it.


*ikigai (pronounced icky-guy) and it means “a reason for being,” a Japanese philosophy I just became aware of that I want to share and would like to have you add its concepts to your LinkedIn profile. It consists of 4 intersecting circles, each one comprising 3 subconcepts and the intersection of all segments define your ikigai, your raison d’etre, your reason for being. See my 5 blog posts 26-30Mar18 on this topic.
photo: “Open Mind” by Lawrence McGarvey, at the Katonah Museum